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Community Raffles: Resource Guide - Jaime Healy-Plotkinraffle tickets

As summer approaches we gear up for end of the school year activities and fundraisers along with community gatherings and festivals. Charitable gaming can be a possible activity to help celebrate these events. Do you have questions about charitable gaming or licensing requirements? See this information gathered about community raffles and the rules and regulations from the State of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin law and regulations

Case law and opinions

  • 73 Wis. Op. Atty. Gen. 114 (Wis.A.G.), 1984: “The Tavern League of Wisconsin is not a ‘service organization’ within the meaning of section 163.90, Stats., so as to be eligible for a raffle license in the State of Wisconsin.”
  • Wisconsin Employment Law Letter, October 2000, 9 No. 10 Wis. Emp. L. Letter 4: “The NLRB recently ended a decades-long tradition allowing employers to hold “election-day raffles.” To attract employees to vote in union representation elections, employers often held raffles in which each voter received a raffle ticket. Prizes ranged from $1,300 television sets to $84 worth of groceries (the Board felt larger prizes were inappropriate and trivialized the election). Why the change? The NLRB concluded that employees could see a raffle as a “favor” they might feel obligated to repay at the polls.”

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For more information about gaming and gambling, visit our page Legal Topics: Gaming/ Gambling.

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New Books - Amy Crowder

New Title! Marijuana Law in a Nutshell, Mark K. Osbeck and Howard Bromberg
West Academic Publishing, 2017
Call Number: KF 3891.M2 O83 2017

This Nutshell discusses the wide range of laws affecting marijuana. It contains in-depth coverage of federal law as shaped by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 including enforcement, challenges, defenses and exemptions. In relation to state and local laws, it provides an overview of how state and local government has addressed criminalization and decriminalization, the use of medical or recreational marijuana, and regulation of hemp, CBD Oil and related products.

The book also includes information on:

  • Federalism and preemption
  • State versus state disputes
  • Special criminal issues
  • Practical issues arising from legalization: federal banking laws, employment law, impaired driving, professional responsibility, taxation, and civil issues
  • Social and policy issues: medical arguments, policy arguments, foreign law approaches, and American culture

New Title! Human Trafficking: Emerging Legal Issues and Application, Nora M. Cronin and Kimberly A. Ellis
Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2016
Call Number: K 5297.H8595 2016

This book tackles the complex issues that arise as governments across the world combat the practice of human trafficking.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Human trafficking in context: labor, drug trade, intervention courts, etc.
  • Role of technology in identifying and investigating cases; how the Dark Web has allowed traffickers to stay ahead of law enforcement
  • Special issues: identifying victims, use of the new Social Influence Model (SIM) as a tool for lawyers to get evidence of undue influence, challenge to practitioners and judges on how to address rehabilitation needs of traumatized victims
  • Comparing cults and human traffickers and how they share similar traits

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New Titles RSS Feed See our latest New Titles list for a list of new books and other resources.

For assistance in accessing these or other resources, please contact our Reference Desk.


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Tech Tip - Heidi Yelk

locked up computerAlways have a back up plan

In recent weeks, the computer world has been rocked by a ransomware attack “WannaCry” and a new warning that cybercriminals are embedding dangerous links in social media posts, a format where users may be less guarded.

One consistent message appears to be that cybercriminals are always adapting, looking for new ways to exploit users and systems. An attack may come through a spam email, tainted download, system weaknesses or something new.

Experts warn users to remain vigilant - always think before you click on a suspicious link. If an email looks fishy, verify sender information or delete the email. Once in place, ransomware freezes computers and demands payment to free the system and your files. Vigilance is good but human error is inevitable. Therefore, system and file back up is a safer bet to avoid disaster. Good virus and malware protection is also important. In the case of the WannaCry virus, some victims reclaimed their systems by installing new hard drives and restoring files from back up.

For ideas and advice see:

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Library News - Kristina Martinez


Summer Tours & Classes

The Wisconsin State Law Library will host a number of tours this June. If you're interested in learning more about the services that WSLL provides, please contact Kristina Martinez, Outreach Services Librarian. Both WSLL and MCLL are offering classes throughout the summer. Visit the Classes page for more information and registration.

July Library Closures

The David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library and Milwaukee and Dane County Law Libraries will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. We will respond to questions and requests on Wednesday, July 5th.

To submit a question to the Wisconsin State Law Library while we are closed, you may call us at 608-267-9696 or Ask a Librarian online.

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June Snapshot

Library Lane street sign

Street Sign in Alexandria, Virginia, May 2017
Photo by Julie Tessmer

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